Author Archives: Saul Foster

The Dash – Final Project

The Dash

A poem by the famous Linda Ellis

This poem was read to me on my 2nd day of impatient rehab. Waking up at 5 am and going into the breakfast hall for morning lecture and coffee. There, at the podium, stood one of the largest black guys I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. He played for the Raiders back in the day. He stood with his chest out and blurted out the poem. He said it with such grace, you could tell he had it memorized.

As the people in the video, who have also experienced the emotional and physical fireworks brought on from this poem, know the power of each word. The poem in itself is just words strewn together, but when you think about the meaning behind a simple line, it can change the way you look, see, and feel about the world.

For me, hearing or reading this poem brings tears to my eyes and a heavy weight to the heart. I have seen and experienced things that I wouldn’t even believe. But today, with the help of the people in the video and the community that I have and the family that I belong to, my dash is what I live for. I live to make people smile, to bring joy to those in despair, and bring light where there only seems to be darkness.

The poem also reminds me that life is not all about the amount of materialistic things that I have, the money in my bank account or any of the things that leads away from living a spiritual way of life. To help others, to serve others, to be a part of others lives, to learn, to love, to laugh, to be, not only the man that I would like to be but the human being that I need to be.

The Dash is a poem about how one lives between their dates. It shows the humanity in all of us and the evils that hide. It shares the message of community and the absence of selfishness. The Dash reminds not only me, hopefully, that there is so much more to life than just things, life is beautiful and one should live it with a smile and an open heart to all.

W19-Ex4 Informational Interview (Jeff Borquest)

One of the most interesting things that I find about digital art in any form or matter, is that it has allowed people to find a form of expression of who they are, with no limitations. I had the privalage and honor to sit down for some yellow and purple Viso and just chit chat with a true inspiration. Jeff Borquest is someone that has found a way to make a living and a way of meditation with his art. Currently working on projects ranging from automotive design, jewelry design, label and poster design, graphics for multiple vape shops and a wide range of other hobbies. The beauty in it all, Jeff says, “this is all just a hobby, that just so happens to have paid out.”

Jeff is an Oregonian. Born in the beautiful PNW, in Beaverton, Jeff when through his grade school years being the misfit and delinquent that we all know and love. Growing up with KRS1 and Tupac, spray paint and paint pens, skateboards and snowboards, anime and too many drugs, Jeff had the perfect growing up situation to be where he is at today.

Jeff has been working in the design world for the last 6 years consistently but has been fooling around with design in all its forms since he was a wee little guy. “Watching grungy movies or tv shows, getting out and getting on trimet just going around and seeing the writing on the walls and side of buildings with people that had hands covered in paint, all smily and cheerful about the illegal shit they just pulled. Shit man, all i wanted was to be a part of that crowd. And thats what I did.”

Jeff spent hours either locked in his room with Eminem, Bloodhound Gang, or Cypress Hill plugged in, or he would be out causing mayham. In any situation there was always an eye open to see the beauty in the grunge and trash, there was always some item or person that just seemed to be missing something. Color, the one thing that makes sense. The one thing that us humans have taken as a simple thing, when really its what gets people like Jeff out of bed.

Starting with simply pencils and pens to paper, to now having a digital studio and a car, motorcycle, jewelry, and wood shop that just so happens to have a printing press and a brother DTG printer, Jeff has it all. “Ask me to do something, ANYTHING, and know I will get ‘er done!”

Jeff has worked in places like Apple, Exit Skateboarding, Emerald Vapors, Seven Distribution, and freelance. Jeff uses Adobe suites mostly, seeing as he is a mac guy. “I got a Mac Pro when I graduated High School and instantly started diving into the world of digital art. I have no reason to use anything else. It all makes sense and just works.”

Jeff never got a degree in design, he graduated with a Major in Business. He pursued careers in life insurence, inventory management, janitorial jobs, a chef for a top notch taco food truck, and says that he would never take a day of those jobs back. “Art is never made from happiness.”

W19-P4 Audio – News Clip


For this project, I decided to do a
snippet from ‘The Onion’ news. It is of course fake news, which is the subject
of my project. Fake news in the media world is becoming an actual issue. Who
would of thought, that in 2019, fake news would become on of the most
hotly-debated socio-political topics of recent years?! 

Fake news has been fueled by social
media, which in-itself, is a social engineering project. Literally, companies
are becoming giants in the economic, political, and social world, and with that
has come the trolls, haters, and keyboard fanatics! The world that we live in
is whatever we want and that freedom has brought us into a world of questioning

Im not one for change, as the great
sir Ron Swanson put brilliantly, “All I care about is that I’m the same. If I’m
the same as I was a year ago I’m happy.
” The fact is that the
change is here and there’s no stopping it, even Scrabble has added words
such as: Bezzy, Cakeages, Emoji, Obvs, Ridic, Thanx, Tweep, Twerking, and Yeesh.

Trump + New Age Kids + Tech = End of
an Era

I do have to say, I had fun with
this project. I got to not only use my microphone and audio editing software,
make a news segment, and get to play around with sound effects. It’s a new
hobby for sure.

Hide-outs for Media Arts Students at Lane

The beauty of life is that you don’t have to be the best, just attempt to be!
I see a bird, I see a plane, I see a…………………
Art is life, life is beautiful, beautiful is the things you make.
Screw the candy machine!
If don’t know, now you know.
No Art Was Made From Happiness!
The advisors and councilors at Lane are AMAZING!
This is the hub of life for students in the media arts!

This is where I spend a lot of my free time (study time). With computers that have all the software that one needs at your fingertips. The world is endless as the journal through multimedia begins.

For all students who plan on making a life out of their teachings, have to see the genie in the bottle!
No words needed!

An amazing teacher, an enthusiastic and energetic personality, and one of the most helpful and easy going mentors.

No Nation Too Big Or Too Small!

Flags of all design. I love flags, in all different colors and patterns ad designs.

The wild turkeys that roam the tundra of the great Lane Campus!

The turkeys that come around Lane are fun and loud and don’t care who you are, they run this town!

W19-P3 Blog Search (Draplin Design Co., North America)

Draplin Design Co. North America.

Draplin Co.

I chose this site/blog because of the amazing things that Aaron Draplin has done and the person he is and company he runs.

Draplin Design Co. (graphic design) has done work with Nixon, Peak Oil, Sizzle Pie, Sasquatch Music Festival, and many many more. I haven’t followed him or the company for long, but the work and the designs and logos and banners have been a part of my life for years.

Being a person of the PNW and Aaron being a Portland based guy with an Oregon based company, I think that in-itself is the reason why you should pay attention also.

Some of the wonders from the site, is the experience of design and life. Its a simple and too the point and over-loaded with information, products, music, fonts, typefaces, vector images, and advice. It gives you a true perspective of someone that has started their own company, and made it, without a care in the world of what people think, as long as they get what they are looking for.

The blog, for fresh eyes, is a simple blog post blog. Theres not articles or long blabbery. He understands that content is content but you dont need the bullshit. Its small in the essence of there not being any extra flashy stuff. Its easy to navigate, understand and very easy on the eyes. Its for anyone and everyone.

W19-P1 About Me

Im Saul. Im 28 years young and a freelance web designer and developer. I have been working freelance for the last 6 years and have loved the challegnce and the lessons that have come with it. As a self-taught designer and developer, there are many difference roads that come and go and Multimedia is where I’m headed.

I got my first web job doing data entry, entering in names and email addresses. Super simple. For that some company today, I am the Web Editor for all of their online publication. I have gotten to work with big businesses like this and small businesses that have two or three products that they want to sell online. I am able to make that happen.

Working with WordPress, Adobe Suites, Google, and many other softwares, I have been able to see a small glimpse of all the wonders that one can come into contact with. I have a truly grateful attitude to the internet and all things digital.

I started a small design and marketing business that I am super stoked about. I want it to become something that I can rely on and build. I want to be able to work with digital art and marketing and media and spread the joy of it to all.

By: Saul Foster